The Truth Charter

Expression Form: A Forum

Attitude: We should consider this table a court room, with all present judges.

"The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, ..." I Cor 2:15

2:6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--  10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.   12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.  13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  15 but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:   16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

"The spiritual man judges all things"

Meeting Length:
3-4 hours (no new topics introduced after 3 hr's)

Sunday , 3 PM ???


Select :
a judge of order
a judge of relevancy (content)
a secretary??

Opening Dialog:
2-5 minutes each (optional)
general suggestions
topic suggestions

Self Control

Major Introductions:

30 Minute Truth Summaries

Common responses:
"I would like to respond to the question of ..."


Everyone should declare Their own self-initiated process of ones own faith system.

Rules of Debate:

Order - Rules of order

Develop and use a formal process of inquiry (not just sharing, dialog)

Judge - Conclude sessions with corporate judgment

Persistence - Provide for some form of continuity. Line upon line, precept upon precept building towards a single model of truth.

The only authority around the table is truth. All forum members should leave artificial devices of authority outside, such as education, experience, gifting, reputation, beliefs, age etc.

The objective is Truth, the by-product is relationship & reconciliation.